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March 24, 2010

Afghan Update: I’m Sure You’re Dying to Have Your Picture Taken


Maybe there’s a reason — besides the success of the surge — that we’re seeing fewer photos of U.S. casualties in Afghanistan. New censorship rules require photographers to hassle wounded soldiers to get photos like this. …But then, if the press is loath to seriously dig into the logic, strategy and day-to-day course of the war in Afghanistan, what’s the point of publishing photos of American wounded anyway?

  • Blue Shark

    “New censorship rules?”
    …who decided this? What is the back story?

  • DennisQ

    There’s nothing new about restricting the kinds of pictures – if any – that can be taken inside a hospital. I located a discussion from 2003 on about this very issue. Some say the restrictions come from HIPAA; others say the policies are set by individual hospitals. However, it’s clear that censorship, if you can call it that, isn’t new.
    Cameras aren’t prohibited inside the Veteran’s Hospital, but you’re warned not to take pictures. By contrast, pocket knives and screwdrivers aren’t allowed in at all.

  • ling ting ring

    “for the grace of God in the desert here
    and the desert far away…”

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